Tyson Fury is to face a tough test this weekend after managing to get a more than credible opponent to replace Dereck Chisora this weekend.
Fury and his team have worked hard to find a suitable replacement for Chisora and have come up with 37-year-old Alexander Ustinov, according to BBC Sport.The Belarusian stands at 6ft 7.5 and holds an impressive record of 29 wins and just one loss, meaning that should prove a tough test for the undefeated Fury.
The only loss on Ustinov's record is to the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev who will face the king of the heavyweight division Wladimir Klitschko later this year.
The ironic aspect of this new fight is that Chisora fractured his hand whilst sparring Ustinov on Friday. The announcement didn't come until Monday that Chisora would be unable to fight and Ustinov should be in good shape despite the short notice, due to training with Chisora.
Ustinov,with his imposing height, will pose a completely different threat to that of the much shorter Chisora and surely a change of tactic will be necessary for Fury.
The gypsy giant looks set to face punishment from the British Boxing Board of Control after announcing that he will not be attending their hearing for the expletive rant at a press conference just last week.
Fury could be banned from boxing in Britain but merely said: "I am on holiday on the date of that meeting so I won't be attending and, even if I were in the country, I wouldn't be going because I am not interested.
"I have attended these meetings before. I have heard what they have got to say. They want to treat you like a school child and pretend they are teachers and give you a smack on the wrist for being a bad boy."
Ustinov's last bout
Ustinov last fought In November of last year against the veteran David Tua and came through successfully with a unanimous decision victory.
This is a tough test which is about as good as fight fans could have expected as such short notice. Full credit to both fighters and the promoters for arranging this fight and it should be an entertaining contest.
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